Womenâ€™s History Month Salute to Shirley Chisholm
â€œEqual Rights for Womenâ€
Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress, sought the Democratic nomination in 1972 as the first woman to run for president. When the congresswoman from New York launched her spirited campaign, she took on the political establishment. Chisholm said she ran for the office, despite the hopeless odds, to challenge the status quo.
On Thurs., March 5, the Congressional Black Caucus and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, honored Chisolm.
Pelosi called Chisolm â€œa brave pioneer who was unwilling to settle for the status quo. â€¦ As the first woman speaker of the House, I want to say thank you to Shirley Chisholm.â€ Pelosi also unveiled a self portrait of Chisholm to Congress.
In her announcement of candidacy, Chisholm said: "I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people, and my presence before you now symbolizes a new era in American political history."